Ryan Stewart

Ryan Stewart

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
Cinematical film critic.
Publications:
Cinematical , Premiere Magazine , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
58

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1/4 81% The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Season 1 " The African veldt was never so picturesque nor its inhabitants so one-dimensional as in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2014
1.5/4 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) " A shot that defiantly fixes on Mel Gibson's balding pate from behind is the only evidence of the volatile actor-director's famous penchant for cinematic self-flagellation here." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2010
1.5/4 36% Los Paranoicos (The Paranoids) (2008) " A frustratingly underdeveloped Argentinian dramedy about the perils of emotional retreat." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2010
2.5/4 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) " Pop culture's most enduring sleuth gets a welcome, modernized makeover in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 24, 2009
1.5/4 37% Nine (2009) " Marshall overlooks the potentially unsavory dimensions of a reputed scaliwag director's sex life in favor of a succession of bloodlessly PG-13 encounters heavy on implication." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 16, 2009
0/0 24% Serious Moonlight (2009) " Hopefully Serious Moonlight will not become Meg Ryan's Trog: an embarrassing, final starring role in an otherwise respectable movie star career that has sputtered to a halt in recent years." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 30, 2009
2/4 26% Ninja Assassin (2009) " Ninja Assassin has little opportunity to fill its action-free beats with dread or tension." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 27, 2009
3/4 90% The Messenger (2009) " These largely self-contained vignettes are harrowing, the source of a font of raw emotional release that could never be otherwise captured except through a presumably invasive documentary process." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2009
1/4 25% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) " An illogical, campy joke of a movie that suffers hugely in comparison to F. Gary Gray's earlier ****-the-injustice-system thriller The Negotiator." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2009
3/4 94% An Education (2009) " The emotional maturity of a sheltered teen in post-war austerity Britain is thoroughly tested in An Education." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2009
1.5/4 84% Whip It (2009) " There's a lot of underlying potential here, but there seems to have been no one around to whip it into shape." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2009
1.5/4 39% Surrogates (2009) " Mostow demonstrates an uncharacteristic lack of subtlety throughout that suggests a diminishment of skills for the man who helmed the crackerjack kidnap thriller Breakdown." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2009
2/4 81% Disgrace (2008) " It's not Coetzee's assertion that the white minority South Africans must go a ways toward assimilating into African life to remain relevant that invites deep scrutiny, but the narrow vision presented here of Africanization as something akin to wilding." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2009
2.5/4 42% Jennifer's Body (2009) " Represents a cornucopia of ideas, both comedy and horror, and the determination of the filmmakers to simply play the odds of getting more elements right than wrong instead of pursuing a purer vision makes it a mixed viewing experience." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2009
2/4 48% Taking Woodstock (2009) " Taking Woodstock fails to immerse us in the visceral feeling of being there." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2009
3/4 88% Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008) " Impressively compact in its storytelling and visually sumptuous despite a budget of pocket-change proportions." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2009
1/4 81% Bandslam (2009) " I Can't Go On, I'll Go On is the name of the bubblegum rock group at the center of Bandslam, as well as a useful mantra for any moviegoer struggling to make it all the way through this depressingly phony approximation of a teen tragicomedy." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2009
2/4 35% G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) " Sommers seems to be operating under what he perceives as a pact between himself and his 11-year-old fanbase, to simply provide them with as much awesome **** as he's allowed to shovel at the screen." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2009
1.5/4 29% Shrink (2009) " Though it never rains frogs in Shrink, the influence of Magnolia on this sprawling portrait of West L.A.'s rich-and-miserable couldn't be more pronounced." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2009
1.5/4 78% Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) (2009) " As quickly as possible, the initial, brutal encounters are concluded and the film is hurried along to its second, plot-heavy incarnation as a healing-and-reconciliation drama." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 15, 2009
1.5/4 29% Deadgirl (2008) " The appeal of Deadgirl depends exclusively on the intriguing image at its center." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2009
1.5/4 94% Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008) " The Girl from Monaco is a frustratingly suspense-free affair" — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2009
2/4 45% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009) " This third entry in the animated kiddie series appears to be more, um, fair and balanced." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2009
1.5/4 48% La Fille de Monaco (The Girl from Monaco) (2009) " The Girl from Monaco is a frustratingly suspense-free affair." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2009
1.5/4 48% My Sister's Keeper (2009) " My Sister's Keeper suffers from sheer sloppiness of script that results in scenes of comedic frivolity coming off as screechingly forced." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2009
1/4 40% Imagine That (2009) " In its minimalism that borders on self-parody, Imagine That is reminiscent of M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 11, 2009
3/4 89% Séraphine (2009) " In consistently erring of the side of subtlety, Moreau's performance also proves a perfect tonal match for Provost's subtle, meticulous, and frequently beautiful compositions." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2009
2/4 17% Downloading Nancy (2008) " An emotionally sterile and self-serious terminal disease drama without a moment of levity to be found from first frame to last." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2009
2.5/4 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) " A giddy procession of intermittently successful jump scares and make-you-vomit sight gags strung together by a story so elemental it could be rendered in mural form on a funhouse wall." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 25, 2009
1.5/4 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) " Like the human skulls crushed under sleek metal feet in those feverish sequences, the Terminator film series is finished." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 21, 2009
.5/4 21% Next Day Air (2009) " An incessantly talky, inert crime film that's like a hip-hop poseur, all swagger and mouth but with no real taste for the grittiness of thug life." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 8, 2009
1.5/4 56% The Soloist (2009) " An emotionally tone deaf and, typical of the director, gimmick-laden and aggressively polished adaptation." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2009
1/4 55% 17 Again (2009) " When 17 Again isn't pilfering from its betters, it's engaging in the most Pavlovian button-pushing." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2009
2.5/4 92% Etz Limon (Lemon Tree) (2009) " Riklis is ultimately unable to center his attention on any one of its multiple fissures and reflexively allows Lemon Tree to rest on its aura of subliminal female solidarity." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2009
1.5/4 44% Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) " It's all in good fun, even if it isn't actually much fun." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 11, 2009
2/4 64% Duplicity (2009) " A romance aiming at a tone of jazz-riff larkishness but somewhat undermined in that pursuit by the washboard-stiffness of its main characters." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2009
1.5/4 59% The International (2009) " The International isn't pitching itself at Jack Ryan territory, but weirdly, at The Da Vinci Code." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2009
2/4 40% He's Just Not That Into You (2009) " He's Just Not That Into You can't help but approximate its unsatisfying elevation of chit-chat into a primary mode of rom-com narrative communication, a bad omen for the genre going forward." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2009
1.5/4 29% Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans (2009) " Hiistorical events referenced in the first two installments of the Underworld franchise are brought to life in this passionless, idea-deprived prequel" — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 24, 2009
1/4 31% While She Was Out (2008) " A half-assed re-filming of First Blood." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 12, 2009
69% Alone with Her (2007) " What sets the film a notch above standard genre fare is its ability to ask bigger questions about a stalker like Doug." — Cinematical
Posted Oct 28, 2008
2.5/4 52% Leatherheads (2008) " Leatherheads isn't poorly made, but it's easy, hang-back material from a director who's already proven himself up for a challenge, and that's hard to accept." — Premiere Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2008
2.5/4 25% Drillbit Taylor (2008) " Drillbit Taylor presents nothing blindingly new for fans of Apatow- or Sandler-style humor and when watching it, one can hear the faint rustling of old scripts being yanked from drawers for a timely cash-in." — Premiere Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2008
3/4 92% Caramel (2008) " The penetrating musical score, with its memorable shadings of emotional danger, the snappy and confident pacing and the emergence of 33-year-old Labaki as an international talent to watch all combine to make the film satisfying confection." — Premiere Magazine
Posted Feb 1, 2008
12% Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2) (2007) " I can't recommend it as a good movie on its own merits, stocked as it is with cardboard cutout characters and a barely coherent plot, but it's miles more interesting than the last Alien vs. Predator film" — Cinematical
Posted Jan 2, 2008
66% Brick Lane (2008) " A depressing, static drama that will have heads lolling backwards and eyes drooping wherever it plays." — Cinematical
Posted Sep 22, 2007
89% Eastern Promises (2007) " This is a film with a lot of big emotions, but not a lot of big moments." — Cinematical
Posted Sep 22, 2007
72% Love Comes Lately (2008) " One of the most ill-conceived films to come down the pike in a long, long time." — Cinematical
Posted Sep 20, 2007
71% The Girl in the Park (2008) Cinematical
Posted Sep 18, 2007
48% Towelhead (2007) " The long-awaited directorial debut of Alan Ball does not disappoint." — Cinematical
Posted Sep 18, 2007
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